The Devil and Karen Kingston

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As a result, Mr. George D. Steinert, California psychologist and one of the nation’s top graphoanalysts; and the Grapho Selection Institute, a personnel-selection firm based in the Golden State, generously volunteered to undertake two independent special scientific study projects on the widely varying handwriting style of Karen Kingston. Their conclusions appear as appendixes to this book.

 

THE EXORCISMS



The First Day Saturday: 13 April 1974 A tenth-century Celtic cross, in the decoration on one of its faces, dramatizes David’s casting out an evil spirit by the power of music. This cross, stylistically a product of the Irish school of cruciform art, was originally erected near Dupplin Castle, Scotland, but now reposes in a museum at Edinburgh.



The lowest panel shown presents a melody whose tones are indicated by the intersections of the winding-band ornament. Above this ‘design music’ is a depiction of David playing the harp; and, above David, a picture of the evil spirit which David cast out with the help of the melody. (From the chapter “Old Celtic Design Music,” page 73, in James Travis, Miscellanea Musica Celtica; published by The Institute of Mediaeval Music, New York, 1968.)



WILLIAMS-THE FIRST DEMON



And they were all amazed, insomuch that they questioned among themselves, saying, What thing is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority commandeth he even the unclean spirits, and they do obey him.



St. Mark, 1:27, Saturday, 13 April 1974, 7:00 a.m. Exorcism Time: 1 hr. 45 min.



The psychologist, psychiatrist, medical doctor, nurses, and myself were not ready to blindly accept the retardation of Karen Kingston as being the end result of evil spirit possession. Even Father Tyson was extremely uncertain, but willing to see it through. Sutter, the Baptist evangelist, seemed more able to accept demon possession as a good possibility in Karen’s particular case. Sister Ruth stood quietly confident next to her undoubting husband, Richard Rogers, the Holiness pastor. He was convinced that God had led him to take on this important mission. Rogers was eager to begin the exorcism, to initiate what he believed would be Karen’s deliverance.



Richard started out rather simply. He put his left hand on Karen’s head and read Luke 4:18: “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.”

 

He continued by reading Luke 4:31-37; Matthew 12:43-45; Mark 7:25-30; John 8:36; Acts 16:16-18; Philippians 2:3-11; James 4:7-8; 1 Peter 3:22; and Revelation 12:7-10. Upon completion of his Scriptural readings, Reverend Rogers closed his well worn Bible and lightly rested both hands on Karen’s head. He was now fully prepared for a direct confrontation with Satan’s demonic forces. Rogers felt supremely confident of his God-given powers. He began to pray quietly for Karen’s deliverance. Then he loudly addressed the spirits of darkness: “Come out of this innocent child! Come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ!”



At that moment, a mocking voice responded, “This girl is mine! Go away! Go away! She belongs only to me! Leave us alone!”



I quickly glanced around at the others in the room. The immediate reaction was one of stunned silence! They were dumb with shock. They looked at each other with questioning eyes. Everyone was obviously puzzled, and caught completely off guard–everyone, that is, except Reverend Rogers and his wife, Sister Ruth. Rogers didn’t waste time. He immediately began to converse with the spirit, “What is your name, you creature of death and destruction?”

 

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